Deanna Bernardo attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business Administration in 1998. During her time at UT, she spent a summer at Brasenose College at Oxford University in England. Ms. Bernardo worked at the University Writing Center, a unit of the Department of Rhetoric on Writing, where she provided one on one consulting to students who wanted to improve their writing and confidence in editing. She was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Deanna worked as an intern in the Attorney General’s Child Support Enforcement Division. She also volunteered in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at the Dell Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Bernardo returned to her native city of Houston to study law. In 2001, she earned her Juris Doctorate at South Texas College of Law. During law school, she participated in Professor T. Gerald Treece’s Advocacy Program—her moot court team received one of the top scores in the program. She was a member of the International Law Journal, Currents, where her article, “Is the Grass Any Greener on the Other Side of the Rio Grande? A Look at NAFTA and Its Progeny” was published. The article was later cited as a resource by the US Department of Commerce. In her second year of law school, Ms. Bernardo began an internship with Stewart Title Guaranty Company in the Real Estate Information Department. She produced a website for real estate professionals with current real estate news, updates on state and federal laws as they applied to real estate and real estate finance.
Deanna has practiced real estate and business transactional law for 16 years. She has represented lenders, title companies, commercial, residential and renewable energy clients. She lives in the Meyerland area with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the Real Estate, Trust & Probate Section of the State Bar of Texas, the American Wind Energy Association, Texas Exes and the Parker Elementary School PTO.